Kanye West Furious Over Banned Album Cover Art

October 18, 2010

The cover art for Kanye’s latest album has been banned. Find out why and see the controversial cover after the jump.

The cover art for Kanye West’s new album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” has been banned, well, according to West. The album cover features a painting of West getting intimate with an armless, tailed, naked, boobilicious angel-type creature.

While it is uncertain who “banned” the cover, the LA Times is reporting that West was strong-armed into dropping the cover in the U.S. so as not to alienate conservative retailers such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart. It seems West reluctantly caved in,. He aired his frustrations on Twitter, tweeting, “They don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix! In all honesty... I really don't be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers. I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.”

Source: Island Def Jam

West makes the valid point that album art is becoming more and more conservative in the U.S. He tweeted, “In the 70s album covers had actual nudity... It's so funny that people forget that... Everything has been so commercialized now. So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover [Nevermind] but I can't have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.” He has a point.

What do you think of the album cover? Should it be banned?

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